Compare 2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Subaru Ascent
2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Subaru Ascent


2021 Ford Explorer

2.4L 4cyl Turbo


2.3L 4cyl Turbo
260 HP


300 HP
21 city / 27 hwy*

Fuel Economy

21 city / 28 hwy*

Serving Duluth, GA

An SUV is a note worth investment for you and your family. Especially if you are going for a midsized, three-row SUV such as the 2021 Subaru Ascent or the Ford Explorer, the two models are both built to serve a large family and can even come in handy when you have a huge amount of cargo. However, the Subaru Ascent tends to edge the Explorer due to its durability, spacious interior, advanced technology, and a standard all-wheel drive for all trim levels.

To make an informed decision between the two, here are a few comparisons you may want to consider. Once you have reviewed both vehicles, you can check out the 2021 Subaru Ascent at Subaru Gwinnett for your financing options.


Car owners going for SUVs in this category are mainly after more room for their passengers and cargo. Here, the Subaru Ascent takes the lead providing a maximum seating of 8 passengers while the Explorer can comfortably seat on 7. The 2021 Subaru Ascent at Subaru of Gwinnett also designed with a 153.5 cubic feet passenger volume against the Explorer's 152.7. The Explorer offers more cargo room but is outshined by the Ascent when you lay the rear seats to provide an extra 86.5 cubic feet of space.


The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive feature is standard to all trim levels of the Ascent, making it the best choice when you have to handle rugged terrain or a muddy road. In the case of the 2021 Explorer, you may have to part with an extra $2000 to get a higher trim level with the all-wheel-drive feature; this may also cost you more on your gas mileage. The Ascent is also fitted with a horizontally opposed BOXER engine that assures you of better handling and balance compared to the Explorer. However, it is the standard all-wheel-drive that comes with the Ascent that brings a major difference between the two, coupled with the excellent BOXER engine when it comes to performance. To explore the experience of this model, you can register for a Subaru Ascent online test drive and test out some of its performance features.

The Subaru Ascent also assures you of fewer stops at the gas station with its 19.3-gallon fuel tank against the Explorer's 18.6.

Driving on rugged terrains is easier with the Subaru Ascent due to its8.7'' ground clearance allowing you to move smoothly on uneven surfaces. The Ford Explorer, however, features a slightly lower ground clearance of 7.9''.


The Ascent boasts of a roomier cabin with an interior fitted with high-quality fittings and materials compared to the explorer. For car owners looking to get a model that can serve their everyday needs, the Ascent was built for their household needs. The Ascent has also received a thumbs up from the Institute of Highway Safety, receiving the highest grades for their safety features. Despite both models scoring highly when it comes to safety tests, the Ascent has an advantage over the Explorer. It was awarded the highest ranking for its headlights and LATCH ease of use, in which the Ford Explorer received an average ranking.

Since the Symmetrical all-wheel drive is standard to all accent models, it is safe to say the vehicle offers more value than the Explorer. This feature is one of the most sought-after SUVs due to its ability to provide better traction on uneven surfaces and slick roads. With an online test drive at Subaru of Gwinnett, you can view how this model performs on different terrains.

Having compared the two models, it is safe to say that the 2021 Subaru Ascent is a worthy choice. You can visit the 2021 Subaru Ascent at Subaru of Gwinnett for more information. You can even use this opportunity to enquire about the Subaru Ascent online test drive at Subaru of Gwinnett. Online test drives are becoming the most popular way to experience a vehicle before purchasing. This way, you can explore all the features advertised to make an informed choice.

*All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.